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MiSight Contact Lens That Slows Nearsightedness In Kids Gets FDA Approval

Science 2.0 - Nov 15 2019 - 18:11
Myopia (nearsightedness) is the most frequent cause of correctable visual impairment worldwide.  It occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back (axial length). Instead of focusing images on the retina, images are focused at a point in front of the retina. As a result, people with myopia have good near vision, but poor distance vision that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. 

Now kids 8-12 have a new option that has been show to slow the progression of myopia at the initiation of treatment.

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Africans Don't Want To Give Away Their Data To Western Scientists For Free - They're Not Wrong

Science 2.0 - Nov 15 2019 - 10:11
Wealthy western academics working at billion dollar institutions funded by trillion dollar governments are frustrated that African countries don't want to give away their climate data.

They're not wrong for wanting a piece of the pie, especially from Europeans. Europeans often take data from Africa and use it for colonial purposes, like keeping Africa reliant on European goods by scaring people about science that would give Africans a level playing field.(1) 

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Nature’s Rx: Recalls Silver Bullet 10 Male Enhancement Capsules Because They Contain Actual Medicine

Science 2.0 - Nov 15 2019 - 09:11
Most supplements that tout how much better they are than medicine but are "natural" and therefore superior, are selling to the P.T. Barnum audience - if you are willing to part with your money to believe in magic, someone will be willing to take it. 

Most often, if they work, it's because you have been gifted with the placebo effect or they contain actual medicine. Nature’s Rx Silver Bullet 10 Male Enhancement Capsules is following the path of LEOPARD Miracle Honey and putting actual drugs - Sildenafil (Viagra) - in its products.

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Venice Flooded Again Today, While Precious Manuscript

Science 2.0 - Nov 15 2019 - 05:11
Last November 12 the city of Venice was flooded by the second-highest tide in recorded history. The sea level, pushed by 60 mph SE winds and intense rainfalls, surged to +187 cm above average, a mere 7cm less than the disastrous event of November 4 1966, which put the city and its surroundings to their knees.


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To YouTube Creators - Don't Panic If Your Videos Are Misclassified As Directed To Kids While They Work On COPPA Compliance

Science 2.0 - Nov 14 2019 - 22:11

YouTube creators are panicking as YouTube classifies their videos as directed towards kids when they are not. It's a dumb algorithm. It would classify this as a comic book probably.

A human would never classify this channel as for kids under 13:

Vivziepop

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Like Much Data From China, Their Voluntary Organ Donation Figures Are Nonsense; They're Using Prisoners Illegally

Science 2.0 - Nov 14 2019 - 13:11
Communist dictatorships lack transparency, so if they don't want to be bound by the same ethical rules as everyone else, they won't be. Some in western countries gush about claims they make regarding solar power, for example, but only their CO2 emissions - highest in the world - can be verified from outside. 

It turns out their voluntary organ donation claims may be just as made up, and that is because the Chinese government is systematically misreporting data, according to new research.

A history of fraud and unethical behavior

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"Deep Adaptation" Is Not Based On Science - Climate Change Draft Paper With Unfounded Claims Of Near Future Human Extinction

Science 2.0 - Nov 14 2019 - 13:11

Jem Bendell’s “Deep Adaptation” is scaring many people, sometimes referred to as "The Climate Change Paper So Depressing It's Sending People to Therapy"- yet - it is not a published paper. It is an unpublished draft that has been rejected for failing the minimum standards of an academic paper. It is written by a sociologist, not a climate scientist. As its main cite, it uses a blog post by a system analyst recording a talk he gave to a group of businessmen. When he submitted this draft to a journal, they requested major revisions because it didn’t meet the minimum standards for an academic paper.

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Fact Checking Elizabeth Warren's $11 Trillion Out-Of-Pocket Health Spending Over 10 Years Claim

Science 2.0 - Nov 14 2019 - 10:11
By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News.

Promoting her much-discussed plan to create a single-payer “Medicare for All” health system, Sen. Elizabeth Warren emphasized a striking figure.

“If we make no changes over the next 10 years, Americans will reach into their pockets and pay out about $11 trillion on insurance premiums, copays, deductibles and uncovered medical expenses,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in an Instagram video posted Monday.

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In Developed Countries, Nutritional Supplements Are Often An Expensive Placebo; Not So In The Rest Of The World

Science 2.0 - Nov 13 2019 - 12:11
Though activists oppose Golden Rice, essentially a vitamin-fortified food staple, on ideological and economic grounds, Vitamin A deficiency affects hundreds of thousands of kids each year, and a progressive tool that feeds people and prevents disease is welcome. 

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Pink Razors, Manly Beer, And Lady Backpacks - The Folly Of Gendered Products

Science 2.0 - Nov 13 2019 - 08:11

As women started counting steps and walking to work wearing running shoes and fitness trackers, there was one work-related item that had to change: the briefcase. It’s not suited to walking fast and gets in the way of drinking coffee en route to the office. Enter the working women’s backpack. It’s a trend.

The Atlantic announced that this is the year professional women started wearing backpacks, even though some of us swear it’s been going on for a while. The sale of women’s backpacks is up by more than 20 per cent in the past year, but the sale of men’s backpacks has flat-lined.

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My Comment To FDA On 'Horizontal Approaches To Food Standards Of Identity Modernization'

Science 2.0 - Nov 12 2019 - 17:11
In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss FDA’s effort to modernize standards of identity as part the agency's Nutrition Innovation Strategy.

In 2018, FDA declared its intent to modernize food standards of to achieve three goals: (1) protect consumers against economic adulteration; (2) maintain the basic nature, essential characteristics, and nutritional integrity of food; and (3) promote industry innovation and provide flexibility to encourage manufacturers to produce more healthful foods.

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You Learn More By Trusting Than Not Trusting

Science 2.0 - Nov 12 2019 - 16:11

We all know people who have suffered by trusting too much: scammed customers, jilted lovers, shunned friends. Indeed, most of us have been burned by misplaced trust. These personal and vicarious experiences lead us to believe that people are too trusting, often verging on gullibility.

In fact, we don’t trust enough.

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How Does The New York Times Get 'How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong' So Wrong? - Fact Checking Their Climate Articles

Science 2.0 - Nov 12 2019 - 16:11

The New York Times has done numerous mistaken climate change stories. They would never run an obituary about someone who hasn’t died. They wouldn’t make up a sports result and say one team won the superbowl when in fact the other did. They wouldn’t say that the UK has left the EU when it hasn’t.

Why do journalists feel that it is okay to invent whatever you like about climate change and claim it is the truth?

Here are my annotations for this article using Hypothes.is, the academic web annotation tool:

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Fake Asteroid Impact Meme By The Daily Express - Invented Dates And Probabilites For 2014 JO25, And 2014 AG5

Science 2.0 - Nov 12 2019 - 15:11

The Daily Express run this fake meme on many of their fake asteroid stories. It is riddled with errors and outright lies. The red top tabloid papers in the UK are well known for just making stuff up.

The most famous red top tabloid story which ran in The Sun, another similar paper here. They made up the story that Freddie Starr, a comedian ate a hamster in a sandwich. He never ate any hamster.

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Nobel In Physics: A Prize For Outstanding Discoveries Or Socio-Political Recognition?

Science 2.0 - Nov 12 2019 - 09:11

Written by Francesco Sylos Labini and Martín López Corredoira.

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Grouping Staff And Company Floor Plans: Elite Co-Workers Up Everyone's Game, But Toxic Ones Kill Productivity

Science 2.0 - Nov 11 2019 - 10:11
Scholars analyzing the performance at a large technology firm examined the productivity in a 25-foot radius around their best performers and found that these workers did inspire better performance in coworkers - by 15 percent.

Poor workers impacted their neighbors also, and even more. While “positive spillover” translated into an estimated $1 million in additional annual profits, "negative spillover" from so-called toxic workers was even more pronounced—sometimes having twice the magnitude of impact on profits as positive spillover.

And toxic spillover happens fast. The good news for your team as that its effect dissipates almost immediately once that worker is either fired or relegated to the far physical reaches of the company.

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The Technical Leader - Unique Challenges For People In A Unique Position

Science 2.0 - Nov 09 2019 - 17:11
When the FBI first conceived of DNA Technical Leaders as a requirement for CODIS eligibility, it sought to ensure that forensic DNA operations were overseen by individuals with sufficient training, education, and experience.

It also knew that many current supervisors of forensic biology units did not have sufficient credentials.

The emergence of technical leaders in forensic DNA units across the United States created one of the most challenging and complex HR problems in the history of forensic science.

Many unit supervisors who did not qualify as technical leaders no longer had full authority over their own units. Leadership was now shared, if you will, between a supervisor and a technical leader, creating ambiguities in authority.

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The Drug Chemistry White Box Study - An Interview With Jeremy Triplett

Science 2.0 - Nov 09 2019 - 16:11
A fascinating development has emerged in the forensic testing of controlled substances. A "white box" study aimed at establishing error rates for this commonly-practiced forensic discipline is currently underway. Below is my interview with the man who conceived the study, Jeremy Triplett.

Jeremy, you are a former President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), so you've played an important leadership role in forensic science.  Can you tell us a bit about the white box study recently announced by ASCLD?

First, I want to thank you, John, for inviting me to talk about the study. I’m very excited about it and I appreciate the opportunity to share what we’re doing with your readers.

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XR Climate Activists “Please STOP Telling Children They May Not Grow Up” - Says IPCC Lead Author In Tweet

Science 2.0 - Nov 08 2019 - 22:11

It’s so good to see some climate scientists at last starting to speak up about the awful over the top things Extinction Rebellion activists are saying, though I wish more would speak up and speak up more strongly.

Here is a meme that may help with sharing:

Yes XR activists, climate change is a serious issue BUT “Please STOP telling kids they may not grow up”

IPCC author Dr Tamsin Edwards

Background image: Smiling child at school by Shlok Nikhil

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We Know We're Going To Die, So Why Don't We Really Believe It?

Science 2.0 - Nov 08 2019 - 07:11

In the novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Leo Tolstoy presents a man who is shocked by suddenly realising that his death is inevitable. While we can easily appreciate that the diagnosis of a terminal illness came as an unpleasant surprise, how could he only then discover the fact of his mortality? But that is Ivan’s situation. Not only is it news to him, but he can’t fully take it in:

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